Month: March 2012

Michael J. Fox Turned to Alcohol to Cope With Illness

Michael J. Fox discovered he had Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and confesses he turned to alcohol to drown his sorrows.

He tells Parade magazine, “For a time I dealt with it with alcohol, which turned out to be a disaster. I’d always been kind of a partier, but this was the first time I was drinking in order not to feel something. It had a dark purpose.”

The actor eventually quit drinking for good and now Fox credits his wife of 23-years, Tracy Pollan, with helping him get sober.

He continues, “About a year after my diagnosis, I woke up one morning and saw (wife) Tracy’s face…She said, ‘Is this what you want?’ Instantly I knew – no, this isn’t what I want or who I am. So I quit drinking in ’92.

“I recognized I had choices about drinking, and that made me realize I had choices about Parkinson’s as well… Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.”

Fox has been a longtime Parkinson’s disease advocate and in 2000 he founded The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which funds research programs in the hopes of finding a cure.


TMZ Reports: Britney Spears Sells Beverly Hills Home for $4.2M

Britney Spears sold her Los Angeles home for a massive $4,253,000 so she can move in with her fiance Jason Trawick, TMZ reported Friday.

The pop star made a huge profit on the exclusive Beverly Hills property, which was originally listed at $2,995,000, real estate sources told the gossip site.

She stands to make even more on the estate as there will be a hearing on the sale next month, where anyone can outbid the current offer.

The hearing is required because Spears is still under a court-ordered conservatorship, following her split from husband Kevin Federline and her subsequent public meltdown.

The troubled singer lived in the house during the ordeal and was pictured being carried out of the property strapped to a stretcher in 2008.

Lindsay Lohan Off Probation In DUI Case, Remains On Informal Probation In Theft Case

Lindsay Lohan has finally put her legal troubles stemming from two DUI arrests behind her. In a hearing on Thursday, Judge Stephanie Sautner took the troubled actress off of probation because she fulfilled all of her probation requirements in her 2007 DUI arrests.

“She has completed [her sentencing] short of a year. She has done everything that this court has asked of her,” Sautner said.

Lohan is not completely out of the woods yet; she will remain on informal probation in her 2011 necklace theft case until May 24, 2014. If Lohan breaks any laws before that date, she could face up to 245 days in jail.

Saunter also gave the 25-year-old a final warning about her partying. “You need to live your life in a more mature way. Stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work. I don’t expect to see you again,” she said.

“I just want to say thank you for being fair. It’s opened a lot of doors for me, so I really appreciate it,” Lohan said.

Lohan’s comeback effort includes recently hosting Saturday Night Live and accepting a guest role on the third season of Glee. Lohan is also set to play the late Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime biopic. Her rep Steve Honig said she “very eager” to start on her upcoming roles.

Lindsay Lohan Lands Glee Role

Lindsay Lohan is continuing her acting comeback with a guest appearance on Glee. The troubled actress, who is still on probation in a jewelry theft case, will reportedly play a judge at the Nationals. No other details were released.

In other Glee news, it was recently confirmed The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg will star in three episodes this May. She will play a professor who meets with Kurt and Rachel, played by Chris Colfer and Lea Michele respectively, about going to the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Meanwhile, Lohan’s acting comeback has included hosting Saturday Night Live and a possible role as Elizabeth Taylor in a TV biopic. The 25-year-old last starred alongside Danny Trejo and Robert De Niro in the 2010 action film Machete.

Peter Facinelli Files Divorce Papers Cementing His Split From Jennie Garth

Peter Facinelli filed divorce papers Wednesday, making his split from Jennie Garth official and she in turn filed her response.

Facinelli citied “irreconcilable differences” as his reason for hiring a divorce attorney, and is asking for joint custody of their three children.

Just one day after they announced their spilt, rumors of infidelity began to circulate, accusations the couple said was “hurtful” and untrue.

Garth spoke to People magazine and admitted that divorce was not her idea. She said, “I was very resistant. I didn’t want it to happen. It took me some time to come to peace with it,” adding, “You get the rug pulled out from under you.” The couple has been married for 11 years.

Facinelli was busy filming Twilight in Vancouver and Nurse Jackie in New York, so his schedule kept him away from his wife and children, living in California. Jennie said, “He would do everything he could to fly back to every weekend. (But) it took a real toll on our marriage.”

Photo Alert: Behind-The-Scenes of Marvel’s The Avengers

In Marvel’s The Avengers the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Opens in theaters May 4, 2012. 

Titanic 3D: Leonardo DiCaprio Embarrassed By Titanic Performance

Leonardo DiCaprio cringed in embarrassment when he recently revisited his 1997 blockbuster Titanic.

Director James Cameron and DiCaprio’s co-star Kate Winslet stepped out in London on Tuesday night for the premiere of a new 3D version of the film.

DiCaprio never made it to the red carpet, but Cameron revealed his former leading man was left red-faced when he recently re-watched the film.

Cameron said: “I wish Leo could be here but he’s shooting a film.

“It would have been great for Leo to be here, to be part of the celebrations. I didn’t show him the whole film but I showed him 18 minutes of it a few months ago. It was a good reunion for us but great to watch his reaction.

“He couldn’t believe it. He said to me, ‘I’m such a young punk. Look at me.’ He was practically crawling under the seat. It was a good moment.”

Celebrity Drug Addiction: Burt Reynolds’ Addiction

Famous Hollywood actor and American Icon Burt Reynolds was admitted to the Hanley Center in Florida last month after a traumatic fall at his home in Hobe Sound. He was found by the house assistant lying in a pool of his own blood and was quickly transported to the hospital in West Palm Beach. Reynolds later confessed that the fall had been cause by continuous usage of prescription opiates which had caused him to lose balance and fall, causing a large gash. Upon admission, doctors became concerned about his mental state and he was sent to the county mental health facility in West Palm Beach. Supposedly, the facility refused to release him unless he agreed to go immediately into a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program.

Reynolds had admitted to increasing abuse of prescription drugs, mainly painkillers, as well as developing a reliance on sleeping aid Halcion after turning to the drug to ease the terrible pain he felt from temporomandibular joint disorder in the 1980′s. At this point, Reynolds had realized he had become a prisoner of prescription pills, and agreed that Drug Rehab would help restore his life. However, Reynolds insists that he had began abusing the prescription drugs after undergoing painful surgery on his back, and had lost control of his addiction soon thereafter.

The story of Burt Reynolds becoming addicted to pain killers after painful surgery is an all too common tale. The amount of prescription medications being distributed in this country, whether they be opiates, anti-anxiety meds, or medical marijuana all have an effect on the people they are prescribed to, and ultimately could very well begin a chemical dependency. If you think you may have a drug addiction, one of the best decisions you will ever make is to seek the help of a professional Drug Treatment facility. Like Burt Reynolds, even the strongest people are no match for the addictive effects of prescription drugs. Affordable Drug Treatment is more easily attainable that many people think, and could very well be the best investment you will ever make, because you are investing in yourself and your future.

Reynolds was discharged from the Drug Rehabilitation Center earlier this week after completing a 30-day Drug Treatment Program, and plans to go public with his personal struggle to help ease the stigma surrounding drug addiction. In a statement, he says; “I felt that in spite of the fact I am supposedly a big tough guy, I couldn’t beat prescription drugs on my own. I’ve worked hard to get off of them and really hope other people will realize they need to seek professional help, rather than ignoring the problem or trying to get off of the prescriptions on their own.” Reynolds urges others suffering similar addictions to learn from his experience and to reach out for help from professional Drug Treatment Programs to help kick their habits, because sometimes it is too tough to do alone.

The Bruce Springsteen Philadelphia Memories Roadshow, April 21

With the ongoing display of the Hall of Fame’s Springsteen exhibit at the National Constitution Center, we invite all Springsteen fans, old and new, to visit the exhibit during the day and then come and party with us on the evening of Saturday, April 21 at McFadden’s Citizens Bank Park. Admission will be free (along with special incentives for all who register online in advance to attend at Fans who attend also will be asked to make voluntary donations in support of two charitable organizations long supported by Bruce Springsteen: the Kristen Ann Carr Fund for research and treatment of sarcoma cancers and Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger-relief organization. On this special night, please donate whatever you can afford, large or small (cash only, please), to help fill our “wrecking ball” against hunger and illness.

We invite you to bring your Bruce Springsteen mementos, photos, t-shirts, posters, books, ticket stubs, albums and especially your Bruce stories and memories to share with other fans who have appreciated Bruce Springsteen’s appearances in the Philadelphia area since 1973. Springsteen cemented his long-standing ties to the city with his Academy Award-winning song “The Streets of Philadelphia”. From famous and historic Philly-area shows at The Tower Theater and The Main Point to Bruce’s record setting performances including his final four concerts at the gone-but-not-forgotten Spectrum arena in October 2009, Philadelphia has a special place in the hearts of Springsteen fans.

Come meet local photographer Art Reilly. Art has been a Bruce Springsteen fan since 1972 and photographed him in concert at historic venues such as Widener College, Kutztown State College, and The Roxy Theatre in Manayunk. Art also worked with MacAvoy Stage Lighting on Marc Brickman’s crew as Assistant LD for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band on the road from 1972 through 1974. He also has photographed The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and more. Some of Art’s Bruce photos have appeared in the Springsteen book For You: Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen’s Legendary Fans.

Also meet Lawrence Kirsch, professional music photographer for seventeen years andpublisher of the Springsteen book For You: Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen’s Legendary Fans. Lawrence also pioneered the “Springsteen Memories Roadshow” concept with a successful Boston event last November and more events planned this year for various locations, including the Philadelphia Roadshow. Lawrence will be signing copies of the limited edition book The Light in Darkness, which serves as an unofficial companion volume to Bruce’s box-set The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story. The Light in Darkness will be available for sale during the evening at McFadden’s on April 21.

Backstreets, the premier Springsteen fan magazine/website, is a proud sponsor of the Philadelphia Springsteen Memories Roadshow and a Backstreets representative will be on hand for this special event.

From Philadelphia photographer Phil Ceccola to early Springsteen supporter and radio personality Ed Sciaky, Philadelphia has an incredibly rich history in documenting the career ofBruce Springsteen. Come join us for an evening of Bruce Springsteen memories and discover fans and friends who have the same passion as you! A limited number of Philadelphia Springsteen Memories Roadshow commemorative posters also will be distributed to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

“While Springsteen was officially a Jersey boy, he’s part of our local DNA, on par with our cracked symbol of liberty and the cheesesteak.”

“Now, my home away from home’s here in the City of Brotherly Love,
Where they make cheesesteaks as big as airplanes….”
-Bruce Springsteen, altered lyrics to “Wrecking Ball” (as performed at his final Spectrum concert on October 20, 2009)